A network to share best practices for children with special needs
It is great to have products and tools at our fingertips, but our fingertips don’t spew out cash either! It is important to pick and choose tools that best fit a child’s needs. There are many avenues, outlets, and ways for a child to receive the proper tools they need to help enhance their therapy and overall success in daily life.
1. Get help with recommendations!
First and foremost, be sure to have a professional(s) involved with your child’s recommendations. Therapists (OT, PT, SLP) are trained to pick and choose what tools will best fit your child’s needs. Some tools, like a wheelchair, or augmentative device, require measurements to help determine the best fit for the child. Other times, professionals may have a better solution than the one you’re thinking. Most importantly, it’s best to work together to determine what you and your child’s professionals feel would be a good fit. If you need some recommendations, don’t forget School Specialty has professionals’ on-staff to help pick the tool right for you!
2. Use the community around you!
There are some great programs around you that are specifically designed to benefit those who need to purchase or borrow tools and equipment. One great program for schools, groups or the like, is the Teachers List (www.teacherlists.com) which allows the school to create a “wish list” for their students where parents, grandparents, and others can make donations to what their specific school needs. Or, connect with DonorsChoose (www.DonorsChoose.org) that connects public school teachers with people who want to support classroom learning.
3. Use your imagination!
If your child needs some good gross motor movement or sensory stimulation, take them to a park or jungle gym. It seems there are “jumpy” places popping up in every city and these are a perfect supplement to a child’s therapy cravings. Some of these places even have therapists in mind and allow the child and therapist therapy time in the gym.
4. Sign up for discounts and promotions!
Of course, you can sign up for our email promotions to keep up with School Specialty sales such as % off and discount shipping. When you sign up you will receive great email promotions each month on tools for children with special needs.
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